Has Seagull made a Maritime Cedar in the past? Came across a Craig's List ad for one with a gloss top for 295.00.
I found a few of them on CraigsList. There's one in Portland Oregon for $250!! With the Seagull soft bag! If it was 3000 miles away I'd be on that!
This is interesting. Following the evolution of Seagull guitars can be quite a challenge given their abrupt, arbitrary and sometimes un-announced changes in direction and their reluctance to maintain a comprehensive history on their website.
I'd never heard of a Maritime cedar top, but the label on this one on Craigslist Portland clearly describes it as cedar . As far as I can tell, the Maritime as a solid wood(SWS) Seagull model is no more than 4-5 years old because the 2007 Seagull Catalog we have posted in Historical Page here doesn't even mention the existence of Maritimes. I e-mailed Michel at Godin to ask for more info ... meanwhile I found some descriptive verbiage in an ad selling a Seagull Maritime Cedar GT. It reads almost exactly like the specs for the old Seagull M6 Gloss (which came in either solid spruce or cedar top with laminate mahogany back and sides) offered in the early 2000's... apparently, at some point Seagull did actually make a model called a "Maritime" that was solid top and laminate back and sides, but I don't know when exactly.
Maritime Series The Maritime series guitars are made with Mahogany back and sides. Generally speaking, Mahogany back and sides produce a more mellow sound than other tone woods. The Maritime series Seagull guitars feature a unique lamination of Mahogany on each side of a center layer of Wild Cherry. This results in a sound with slightly more highs than a typical Mahogany guitar. Maritime Cedar Gloss In addition to the new compound-curve bracing system, the Maritime Cedar Gloss features a Custom Polished finish and it’s about the same thickness as our semi-gloss treatment but buffed to a high luster. This is truly a great breakthrough in that the guitar has the added responsiveness provided by an extra light finish along with the great looks of high–gloss. Specs Top : Select Pressure Tested Solid Cedar with High-Gloss Finish Back & Sides : Mahogany Neck : Mahogany Fingerboard & Bridge : Rosewood Tusq® nut and compensated saddle Finish : Semi-Gloss Custom Polished Finish with High-Gloss top SEAGULL 29297
Thank you! The only reason I was at all interested in this guitar was if it was a fully solid wood instrument.
Just as a rule of thumb, all Seagulls have solid wood tops, but any older Seagull will have laminate sides and back. Seagull began making solid wood Artist models in 2004-05 and solid wood Maritimes in 2008-09 ... no solid wood instruments prior to that. Artists and Maritimes older than that will be quality instuments, but not all solid wood.
Just received a response from Michel Belanger ... on the weekend no less! ... he says the following:
The Maritime Cedar GT is indeed like M6 Cedar (it has laminated mahogany back and sides). It was in production from 2006 to 2008. We then switched to Maritime SWS models which have solid wood back and sides.
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I bought this Seagull M6 Gloss with hard shell case for $250 last Christmas and it's a wonderful guitar Mine is spruce over mahognay, but there is also a cedar over mahogany model. Accordng th Michel @ Godin, this is the earlier version of what they called the Maritime from 2006-2008 ... Either one for +-$250 is a great buy!!
OMG! To think I was only a hop,skip, and a jump from picking this up today! We were down in Seattle for the White Caps/Sounders game today and grabbing this would have eased the pain of our 'Caps loss!!
Hi Ian, How do you get to Seattle from Qualicum Beach? I don't mean to be too much of a blockhead but is there a ferry or can you drive?
It's a 2 hour ferry ride to the mainland then 1 hour to the border, get in the queue, and another 1 1/2 hours to Seattle. A bit of a trek!
ahh! I thought it might be.I was in Victoria a few months ago and its not easy getting there. I was lucky enough to fly in from Vancouver. Beautiful place!
Quite the trek but it was a good game and with 50000 fans it must been quite the scene
Actually the WhiteCaps kind of sucked but that's another story! I hear the final tally was a shade over 55,000, quite a spectacle!